A community-minded group of East Islip Middle School students, all players on the East Islip Ravens girls under-13 soccer travel team, volunteered for the American Airlines "mAAgic flight" on Sept. 21.
An annual charity event organized by the Something mAAgic Foundation, mAAgic flight provides an opportunity for children with life-threatening medical conditions to experience a week-long, cost-free vacation in Orlando, Fla., visiting attractions like Disney World and Universal. The Something mAAgic Foundation donates ticket taxes, car rental, translators and lodging at Give Kids the World Village (which includes meals and entrance to the theme parks), while the flights are provided through American Airlines’ Kids in Needs program.
Headed to Orlando on this year's New York mAAgic flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens were three children – 3-year-old Marissa, 5-year-old Olivia and 13-year-old Darrell – selected via a local wish-granting organization, the Dream Factory of Brooklyn.
Participating student-athletes from East Islip included Emily Baio, Shannon Carney, Jenna Colucci, Kerri Donnelly, Megan Doyle, Amber Farbman, Nina Filippone, Jenna Healy, Katie Jeran, Kaitlyn MacIntosh, Maggie Petersen, Stephanie Sokol, Nicole Surace and Katie Warnokowski.
“The Ravens assisted in setting up the event and entertained our three special guests, Darrell, Olivia and Marissa,” said Ravens coach Bill Baio. “These young ladies did an awesome job and I am so proud of how they conducted themselves at the event – they are a team on and off the field.”